Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Jade Caldwell

MA Candidate
Diaspora studies, European and African history



Honours Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Ottawa, 2019


I've been fascinated by the history of the African diaspora since my late teens, as my interest in my own family's history grew. My research, which will be supervised by Dr. Amitava Chowdhury, will examine the experiences of members of the African diaspora in the Atlantic world, primarily that of African-born and African-descended soldiers serving in Western militaries in the early modern and modern periods. Through this research, I hope to gain a greater understanding of how identity – either the ones these men claimed for themselves or the ones forced upon them – shaped the experiences of African soldiers, as well as how they maintained their connection to their identity and culture, even as they served under nations that often sought to eradicate those connections.